Yellow or black
Oval and robust
1/4 – 1 inch long
Found throughout the U.S.
Carpenter bees are non-social solitary insects. They tend to hibernate over winter months. In late summer they return to the same tunnels to hibernate for winter months. They reproduce slowly and can complete one generation per year. Tunnels are mainly prepared, and eggs laid in the Spring months.
Carpenter bees do not live in nests or colonies. They locate soft woods such as siding, eaves, window sills, doors, telephone poles, fence posts and decorative wood pieces for nests. Unpainted and well weathered woods are more susceptible to infestation. Female bees bore circular holes to lay eggs and protect their larvae as they develop.
Carpenter bees are a serious property threat, as complex gallery systems can evolve if the holes are unnoticed. Male carpenter bees can be territorial, but they have no stinger. Female carpenter bees do have a potent stinger but will only sting if provoked.
Africanized Honey Bee Prevention
Carpenter Bee Prevention
The most effective way to get rid of carpenter bees call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.